Neogen on Monday announced the release of its Veratox VIP assay to detect cashew allergens.
The Veratox VIP for Cashew allergen test is the second in Neogen's Veratox VIP series of enhanced quantitative enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) products. According to the company, it demonstrates a high level of specificity to very low levels of cashew protein, down to 0.2 ppm.
The immunoassay can also test samples from a variety of product types and processing environments, such as heat-processed and ultra-heat-treatment (UHT) matrices. It uses the same testing methodology of other products in the series, including a 30-minute time-to-result, and ready-to-use, nonhazardous reagents, Neogen said.
"As plant-based foods and alternative proteins become more in-demand in the marketplace, it is important that we offer highly sensitive tests that are able to detect even the lowest levels of food allergens in order to protect consumers around the world," John Aden, president and CEO of Neogen, said in a statement. "Cashew is being used more frequently and in more unique ways than before, and it is important that Neogen offers an easy-to-use and highly sensitive solution for its detection."